Bernard Tomic has publically stated he aims to get his career back on track and be in the ATP top-10 very soon, following his AUS $1,000 fine and driving ban for offenses in his garish orange BMW last Australia Day.
Tomic, who reached a career-high 27 in the rankings this season before falling to a current 51, pointed to early successful live scores results in 2012 as the reason he went off the rails, with the glory of the ATP tour going to his head.
It was a huge year for me, my first ATP year," Tomic told Foxs latest sport news
. I was young and immature and thats what you do at a young age. Ive had my fun the last year or two, but I have to step up.
This could be a wake-up call. Now I have to use what Ive learned and train my arse off.'
Despite this determination, Tomics words are unlikely to appeal to Australian fans who are growing increasingly disappointed with the player: many of whom will look back at his record this season and ask, what success?
Indeed, being in the ATP tour is a big deal, but Tomic has hardly turned heads this year. Granted, he reached the semis of Brisbane and round four of Melbourne until he met the dominant Roger Fereder.
Since then, however, his season has not gone well. Maybe Tomic thought he was better than he is after the Australian Open, but first round defeats in Memphis, Indian Wells and Madrid soon followed, while he reached just one quarter-final until September. So bad was his disastrous third set against Andy Roddick in New York that John McEnroe accused the Australian of tanking effectively giving up on the game.
Although Tomic denies the claim, his petulance on court is clear to see and if he gets into more scrapes outside the sport then his future on tour will be put into serious doubt.